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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

New agreement between NZ and China benefits forestry

An arrangement signed by New Zealand and China paves the way for future forestry cooperation and boosting bilateral trade, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. The arrangement was signed in Wellington by Shane Jones and Mr Zhang Jianlong, the Administrator of China’s National Forestry
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Bipartisan funding for SW Slopes’ Regional Forest Industry Hub

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed funding commitments, from both the Coalition and Federal Labor, of $1 million to kickstart a Regional Forest Industry Hub in NSW’s South West Slopes (SWS) Region. These commitments mean the Hub will be funded whichever sid
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Vic Transport Association backs Bill for forestry owner/drivers

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) – representing the state’s freight, transport and logistics industry – has thrown its support behind a Bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament intended to make work safer and fairer for owner drivers and forestry contractors. Source: Timbe
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BDO to audit OneFortyOne

The State Government of South Australia has appointed BDO Advisory (SA) Pty Ltd to undertake an independent audit on the Plantation Lease Agreement with OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said BDO has partnered with
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Canada to argue US duties with NAFTA after industry downturn

Western Forest Products CEO Don Demens will be speaking to a NAFTA panel to argue that American softwood lumber duties should not be applied to the cedar products the company makes. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) does not cover softwood lumber, which was excluded from
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EU publishes results of public consultation on deforestation

The European Commission has published the results of a public consultation on its roadmap towards an EU “Communication on Stepping up EU Action against Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. Source: Timberbiz The EC received nearly 1000 responses to its questionnaire, as well as some
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Confor keeps tree planting in the spotlight for UK

Confor, the Confederation of Forest Industries (UK), has promised to keep tree planting at the heart of the climate change debate and to press politicians for decisive action after more compelling evidence that forestry has a major part to play in charting the UK’s path to net-z
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Timber recovery begins after Tingha fires 

Forestry Corporation of NSW has recently started salvage-harvesting of its burnt pine plantations at Mount Topper State Forest. The forest is a short distance north of the Tingha township and one of the many properties affected by the devastating fires earlier this year. Source:  Timb
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Swamp kauri find at Auckland construction site

More than 20 pieces of one of the world’s most expensive timber, swamp kauri, have been unearthed at an Auckland construction site. Construction workers at the site of what will be New Zealand’s largest retail store in Henderson, West Auckland, made the discovery of a R
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